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Travel operators abandon Royal Brunei Airlines flights in light of anti-LGBTQ+ laws

Things in Brunei have gone from bad to worse this week, following the introduction of strict Islamic laws, which allow for death by stoning for gay sex.

Now, alongside a worldwide campaign to boycott Brunei-owned hotels, travel operators are making a stand against the inhumane policies.

STA Travel today announced that it is no longer selling Royal Brunei Airlines flights in their travel packages.

“We’re proud of our open and diverse culture and we expect our partners to demonstrate the same,” said a spokesperson for STA Travel.

“We do not support in any way the laws being introduced in Brunei (including on Brunei-registered aircraft and vessels). Because of this, we have stopped selling Royal Brunei Airlines flights.

“We’ve taken this stance to add our voice to the calls on Brunei to reverse this change in the law and in support of LGBTQI people everywhere.”

(Photo credit: Twitter/@RoyalBruneiAir)
(Photo credit: Twitter/@RoyalBruneiAir)

The laws, enacted on April 3rd, were instructed by the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, who also acts as the country’s prime minister.

The Sultan was quoted as saying that his government “does not expect other people to accept and agree with it, but that it would suffice if they just respect the nation in the same way that it also respects them.”

Sir Elton John, George Clooney, and Ellen DeGeneres are amongst some of the famous faces to back a worldwide boycott on hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei. The Dorchester in London and The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles are just two of the nine hotels operated by the Brunei Investment Agency.

“Every single time we stay at or take meetings at or dine at any of these nine hotels we are putting money directly into the pockets of men who choose to stone and whip to death their own citizens for being gay or accused of adultery,” Clooney wrote in an op-ed piece this week for Deadline.

STA Travel added that they were ready to help make alternative travel arrangements or arrange refunds for anyone who bought Royal Brunei Airlines tickets through them.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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